With lawsuits on the rise, we asked the experts how employers walk the line between compliance and consequence
Wage and hour laws across the country are changing. As the federal government eases up on employers, removing regulations and opting for a more hands-off approach, many states — California, in particular — have been passing their own labor laws to fill in the gaps.
It’s this ebb and flow of policy-making that has prompted us to cover a variety of evolving topics, from rising lawsuits to the cost of wage theft versus time theft to the overtime laws of every state. Keeping an eye on so many different facets of wage and hour laws is tough. Fortunately, it’s nothing our experts can’t handle.
In October 2018, we met with two such experts: Chester Hanvey, an associate director at the global consulting firm Berkeley Research Group (BRG); and Caroline Brown, attorney with the law firm Fisher and Phillips, a national labor employment firm that only represents employers. With the help of local employment law attorney Maria O. Hart, who moderated our wage and hour webinar, we sought out to better understand today’s wage and hour landscape.
What’s on the horizon? What’s already here? And what do employers need to know to stay on top of these changes and avoid getting into any wage and hour trouble?